It really is incredible just how much information the hackers that hit Sony really gathered. Some of the information may be old and moot by this point but much of the information stemming from the leaked emails seems to be fairly fresh, which makes this newest tidbit very interesting. According to The Daily Beast, who claim to have “spent days and days sifting through hundreds of thousands of email correspondences between Sony execs”, it appears that Fox may be planning a huge crossover event that would feature both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
As you may know, Fox controls the screen rights to both FF and X-Men, so the information was second hand even before the leak spread the news. This bit of information was taken from an email between Michael DeLuca, Co-President of Production for Columbia Pictures, to Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal. In the September 20, 2014, email, DeLuca is pushing an epic event that would bring together all of the characters from the Cinematic Spider-Verse and mentions that Simon Kinsberg, writer and producer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, has big plans over at Fox.
“[Simon] Kinberg told me fox is steering Xmen and Fantastic Four into an eventual team up film. Seems to me maybe, since the Spider-man universe itself is deep, you guys should look at sinister six, new spidey, female movie and venom as linked pieces leading to eventual mega movie ala Feige and Fox and not stand alone single films. It’s early in all these and you can still map out a blueprint for connective tissue[sic].”
We all know that Sony has been juggling poor Spidey ever since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to wow critics or audiences. In addition to Sinister Six and Venom, there have been rumors, which are now confirmed with the leaked emails, that a female led Spider-Verse movie was in the works, and even a movie based on Aunt May (Marvel was NOT happy about that one). So, the only real news here is the FF/X-Men crossover.
At first glance, this may seem like good news. After all, X-Men and Fantastic Four are both Marvel properties at heart and perhaps the closer they get to teaming up, the closer audiences may be to seeing all of their favorite characters together on screen. Unfortunately, the new Fantastic Four has yet to show us anything to get excited about. Yes, we know that the origin story will be from the Ultimates series but other details, such as the new Doctor Doom, are too muddy to get excited about quite yet. It is absolutely possible that once FF hits the big screen, it will wind up being the best superhero movie of all time. Right now, though, there are too many rumors surrounding the film and director Josh Trank hasnt even presented fans with a teaser to whet their appetites. Add that to the fact that many Comic-Con attendees still feel a bit burned by the film’s absence from the convention and you can see just how much work the new film will have to do in order to find a place in our hearts.
X-Men, on the other hand, is right on top of the world. While the franchise still can’t hit Avengers’ numbers, the latest installment brought in about $746mil worldwide, and the next installment, Apocalypse, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. Sure, the next film does end the trilogy that began with First Class, so the studio will be looking to take the franchise on a new direction to keep it alive but throwing in a team that may potentially bring the box office numbers down may not be the smartest direction to go. In the end, if Kinsberg mentioned this crossover at all, it may have been a pipedream and the studio may have never considered this mash-up beyond a conversation or two over cocktails at the holiday party. Or, perhaps Fox has had meetings for years over this prospect. Either way, you may not want to hold your breath quite yet.
One of the most interesting things about the recent Sony hack is the fact that secrets from all over the industry, not just Sony’s secrets, but secrets that were being kept even by rival studios are now coming to light. Some of this information, such as the women who have expressed interest in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot (or the men who could star in a spinoff), is cause for celebration. Some of it, such as the news that negotiations with Marvel to include Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe fell apart, is cause to shed a tear or two. The best stuff so far, however, are the absolutely batshit crazy ideas that we have now learned about. Interestingly enough, most of those crazy ideas are crossover ideas (take my money for 23 Jumpstreet: Jumpstreet In Black right NOW) and while I wouldn’t necessarily call a FF/X-Men crossover crazy, it is interesting to see just how hard Sony is working to try to emulate the Marvel model when it comes to universe building.
Do you think that an X-Men/FF crossover movie will ever happen? Would you be first in line on opening weekend?
Source: The Daily Beast